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LuAnn Bennett

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LuAnn Bennett
Born (1953-10-03) October 3, 1953 (age 70)
Highland, Illinois
🏡 ResidenceMcLean, Virginia
🎓 Alma materEastern Illinois University (B.Ed)
💼 Occupation
👩 Spouse(s)
Richard Bennett
(m. 1980; died 1994)

Jim Moran
(m. 2004; div. 2010)
👶 Children3

LuAnn Bennett (born October 3, 1953) is an American real estate executive and former political candidate. A member of the Democratic Party, in 2016 she ran unsuccessfully for the United States House of Representatives in Virginia's 10th congressional district. The district includes all of Clarke County, Frederick County, and Loudoun County, and the cities of Manassas, Manassas Park, and Winchester, with portions of Fairfax and Prince William Counties.

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Bennett was born in Highland, Illinois and earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Eastern Illinois University.[1] She moved to Great Falls, Virginia in 1980 with her husband, Richard.[1] Together they began their real estate business, Bennett Group, in 1980 and had three sons, Kevin, Bryan, and Richard.[2] After her husband's death in 1994, Bennett became president of the firm.[3] In 2006, the firm underwent a name change to Bennett Group and became a LEED certified company in 2006.[3] Bennett was married to Congressman Jim Moran from 2004 to 2010.[4]

Bennett serves on the National Children’s Museum board and the Institute for Sustainable Communities board.[5][6] She is a former member of the Virginia Health Care Foundation, Charity Works Advisory Board, and she previously served on Virginia’s Climate Change Commission as an appointee of then-Governor Tim Kaine.[5]

2016 congressional campaign[edit]

On December 10, 2015, Bennett announced her congressional campaign against freshman incumbent Barbara Comstock, a Republican.[7] Bennett was an Emily's List endorsed candidate, and was named one of nineteen candidates to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee "Red to Blue" program.[8][9] Democratic strategist Ellen Qualls said the 10th District is "essentially the swingiest district in the swingiest state", making the race one of the most heavily contested in the country.[10]

Bennett was defeated by Comstock by a margin of 53%-46%.[11]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "LuAnn Bennett Announces Run for Congress in Virginia's 10th District". Falls Church News-Press. December 10, 2016. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  2. "Women Who Mean Business 2013: LuAnn Bennett (Video)". Washington Business Journal. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Bennett Group History". The Bennett Group. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  4. Pershing, Ben (December 23, 2010). "Jim Moran and wife LuAnn Bennett separate after six years of marriage". Washington Post. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "LuAnn Bennett". Institute for Sustainable Communities. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  6. "Our Board". National Children's Museum. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  7. Weiner, Rachel (December 10, 2015). "LuAnn Bennett declares congressional bid against Barbara Comstock". Washington Post. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  8. Weiner, Rachel (January 25, 2016). "Emily's List endorses Democrat LuAnn Bennett in race against Rep. Comstock". Washington Post. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  9. French, Lauren (February 11, 2016). "House Democrats pick top Republican targets". Politico. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  10. "Outrunning Bellwethers and Coattails in a Swing State". National Journal. February 5, 2016. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  11. 2016 November General

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